Ibrahim Sunday: Asante need more aggression to succeed in Africa

Ibrahim Sunday: Asante need more aggression to succeed in Africa

by Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Jul 22, 2020. 13:00

Former Asante Kotoko coach Ibrahim Sunday says the club needs more committed and aggressive players if they are to thrive in CAF club competition.

The Porcupine Warriors will return to the CAF Champions League in 2020-21 following the scrapping of the past Ghana Premier League season.

Asante failed to make the group stage in the 2019-20 edition of the continental competition, bowing out in the final preliminary round at the hands of Tunisia’s Etoile du Sahel.

Kotoko are one of Ghana’s great performers on the CAF club stage, winning the African Cup of Champions Clubs (known as the Champions League today) in 1970 and 1983.

Sunday led the Porcupine Warriors to the latter triumph and believes they will need more grit and determination to compete with the modern day heavyweights.

“Football has been made easy through globalisation. We should be proactive in [studying] our opponents before meeting them. Moreover, we need aggressive and committed players for the course if thinking of a short term project,” Sunday told Light FM, as quoted by Football Ghana.

“The long term will need time of maybe two or three years to prepare the players very well before competing heavily in CAF competitions.”

He added, “Determination was the key for us in winning the trophy. We had committed and devoted players who even slept on the floor through hunger in achieving this step, because this was a trophy which escaped Kotoko for far too long.”

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